The elections went as expected, with the BJP opening its account in the state for the first time. It's lone woman candidate however, lost. Nagaland has a peculiar situation: while women are seen in virtually every sphere of domestic life, they have been completely absent in the Legislative Assembly - not one elected since it was created from Assam! The reason is widely attributed to Naga customary law (which enjoys Constitutional protection), which keeps women out of the decision-making structures.
With the return of DAN, little change can be expected in the state. However, this election will have ramifications in the next general election, as the NPF and pro-Nagalim groups will seek to bring the NDA to power so as to resolve the Naga conflict.